AUBURN HILLS, Michigan, U.S.A. — Global new vehicle sales will rise less than 1% this year to 55.1 million units, up from an estimated 54.6 million in 1999, then remain flat for 2002, DaimlerChrysler Corp.'s top economist predicts. Leading the gain in 2000 will be the Asia/Pacific region and Japan, which combined will see sales rise 7.1% to 12.1 million units, up from 11.3 million in 1999. The region will rise another 8.3% in 2001, reaching 13.1 million cars and trucks, says DCC's W. Van ...

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